Outfitting Bergen County in spectacular eye duds for more than 30 years, Dr. Steven Weisfeld and his staff fine-tune fuzzy vision to clearer sight-channels with more than 1,000 in-stock frames and prescription lenses. Twenty-twenty hopefuls can scoop up non-designer frames and lenses ($150–$600), and fashion-focused pupils dilate at the sight of the shop's collection of designer sight-goggles from brands such as Ray-Ban, Chrome Hearts, Maui Jim, Gucci, Chanel, and Revo ($129–$1,650 without lenses).
Fifty years ago, Pearle Vision was a tiny eyecare practice in Savannah, Georgia, run by Dr. Stanley Pearle. Since then, it's expanded to myriad practices across the country?including this one in Toms River. Helmed by Drs. Randy Nissinoff and Michael Iuliano, the practice outfits eyes with face-flattering designer frames and sunglasses, all with prescription lenses. Each pair comes with 30 days of no-questions returns and a lifetime of free fit adjustments. For extra convenience, the practice also stays open until 8 p.m. on weekdays, so visitors can pop in after work.
Located on the ground floor of the New Jersey Eye Center, Dr. Joseph Dello Russo and his team fit patients with glasses and frames from brands such as D&G, Coach, Gucci, Prada and Versace. They also offer a full line of contact lenses.
Outside of Main Eyeglass Center, since the 1970s Dr. Russo has made a name for himself as a premier cataract surgeon, becoming a go-to professional for all things laser, even being christened the "Godfather of LASIK" by Howard Stern. Today, at Dello Russo Laser Vision, he and his son Jeffrey have performed more than 150,000 procedures to date, and have hosted ophthalmologists from around the country for LASIK trainings. Despite their renown?the Dello Russos are the preferred practitioners of the Brooklyn Nets?they still personally perform each of their pre-procedure exams, laser surgeries, and personal appearances.
Back in the 1860s, a Swedish professor and eye expert named Herman Snellen devised a ratio to determine and express visual acuity—all using a simple eye chart. Today, the Snellen Chart, dotted with random letters of various sizes, hangs in optometry offices across the world, allowing docs to determine how well a patient sees compared to the “standard”—one who can see two chart objects from 20 feet away, or as we would know it, someone with 20/20 vision.
Like Herman and the doctors after him, Bronx Eye Care uses the Snellen Chart—along with a few more modern devices—to help prescribe the appropriate lens strength for patients of all ages. Once deemed far-sighted, near-sighted, or too cool to not own sunglasses, customers can peruse the clinic’s collection of frames by Gucci, Fender, and Prada.
Patients at Focus Eye Health & Vision Care Optometrists entrust their eyesight not only to the clinic's selection of stylish frames from more than 35 different designers, but to the highly skilled optometrists that care for their rods and cones. During his tenure as a lieutenant and optometrist in the US Navy, Dr. Matt Esperon employed bladeless vision-correction procedures to perfect the sight of aviators, building a successful career with humankind's two coolest inventions⎯lasers and fighter jets. Meanwhile, founder Dr. Paul Berman applies his decades of professional experience to treat a range of ocular-health problems, while still finding time to give back to the community through his involvement with programs such as the Special Olympics. Vases of flowers add a touch of homey charm to the office, and high-tech LASIK devices and sophisticated diagnostic equipment protect eyeballs with cutting-edge care.
Founded in 1914, the original New York City location of Sterling Optical doled out frames amid the Ford Model Ts and paperboys that swarmed the city's financial district. The original band of eyesight experts weathered years of economic depression by impressing customers with speedy, full-service vision care, later launching a second store near Washington, DC. Today, a century of steady franchise expansion has given rise to almost 200 store locations in 23 states. Most locations continue the tradition of offering one-stop optical services, giving customers access to exams and onsite labs that manufacture glasses in one hour. The spectacle provider has been named one of the nation's leading franchises by Entrepreneur magazine.